Is Your Property Prepped for Hurricane Season


Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Emily provide a good reminder to Lee County residents that excessive plant growth can cause property damage during summer storms. Lee County Solid Waste and UF/IFAS Lee County Extension offer the following steps to prepare your yard before, during and after a storm:

Pre-storm maintenance:

  • Cut back any trees or branches that contact your house, pool cage, shed or other buildings.
  • Thin foliage so wind can blow freely through branches, decreasing chances the plant will become uprooted during a storm.
  • Place trimmings at the curb on your regular collection day. Yard waste must be containerized or securely tied into bundles not heavier than 50 pounds and no longer than 6 feet in length.

Up to 50 pounds of unbundled palm fronds may be placed at the curb.

  • Clean your property of any items that could become a projectile during a storm and place them at the curb on your regular waste collection day.

Once a storm has been named or a hurricane watch or warning has been issued:

  • Do not cut down trees and do not do any major yard work. Mass cutting produces a burden on the normal collection process.
  • Do not begin construction projects that produce debris unless absolutely necessary to protect life and property.
  • Secure all debris and do not place materials of any kind at the curb during a watch or warning period.
  • Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for the storm. For information on the status of collection services and disposal facilities, residents should check monitor local media.

After the storm has passed:

  • Most important – keep storm debris separate from your regular household garbage and recycling.
  • Storm debris should be sorted into separate piles for garbage, yard waste, appliances and construction debris.
  • Pick up will generally be done with a mechanized claw truck so it’s important that you not set debris over buried electric/phone lines, water meters, hydrants or mailboxes. Inspectors will tour each part of the county to determine where collection needs are greatest.
  • Be patient. Following a storm, the No. 1 priority is collecting household garbage. Uncollected garbage attracts pest and can spread disease. Vegetative waste can wait.
  • Debris collection guidance and recovery process updates will be available at

For more information: 

Emergency Management: Follow Lee County Emergency Management on social media on Facebook (LCEMFL), and Twitter (@LCEMFL and @LeeEOC). Read the Lee County All Hazards Guide online at

Solid Waste: The Lee County Solid Waste Division provides residents and businesses with waste disposal and recycling services.

Extension Services: The University of Florida/IFAS Lee County Extension offers educational programs through a three-way cooperative arrangement between the Lee Board of County Commissioners, the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.